From the Freegal Files

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From the Freegal Files

Celebrate Black History Month with Blues Classics

If you are unfamiliar with Freegal, it is a service provided through the DC Public Library that allows you to download three mp3s per week, which are then yours to keep forever — they do not need to be returned and they will never expire.

In honor of Black History Month, check out Freegal's collection of Blues classics.  We have highlighted some great selections here, but you can find more by logging into Freegal with your DC Public Library card here and selecting "Blues" under the genre tab.

Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues
Key Tracks:
 
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Cross Road Blues
  • Love in Vain
  • Walkin' Blues
Robert Johnson -
King of the Delta Blues
 
  
Leadbelly - Take This Hammer
Key Tracks:
 
  • The Midnight Special
  • Alberta
  • Whoa! Back Buck!
  • Sail on, Little Girl, Sail on
Leadbelly -
Take This Hammer
 
  
The Best of Mamie Smith
Key Tracks
 
  • Crazy Blues
  • U Need Some Lovin' Blues
  • Mean Daddy Blues
  • Keep a Song in Your Soul
Mamie Smith -
Crazy Blues: The Best of Mamie Smith
 
  
Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was the Night
Key Tracks:
 
  • John the Revelator
  • Dark Was the Night - Cold Was the Ground
  • It's Nobody's Fault but Mine
  • The Soul of a Man
Blind Willie Johnson -
Dark Was the Night
 
  
Mississippi John Hurt - Make Me a Pallet
Key Tracks:
 
  • Nobody's Business but Mine
  • Lonesome Blues
  • I'm Satisfied
  • My Creole Belle
Mississippi John Hurt -
Make Me a Pallet
 
  
Incomparable Ethel Waters
Key Tracks
 
  • Stormy Weather
  • Come Up and See Me Some Time
  • Harlem on My Mind
  • Thief in the Night
Ethel Waters -
The Incomparable Ethel Waters
 
  
Elmore James - Shake Your Money Maker
Key Tracks:
 
  • Shake Your Money Maker
  • Fine Little Mama
  • The Sky is Crying
  • Stranger Blues
Elmore James -
Shake Your Money Maker
 













































































































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